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NEWS: Nunavut June 28, 2016 - 2:15 pm

Nunavut Housing Corp. will fix flooded Rankin Inlet home

Local housing org will raise house, pour gravel into flood-prone lot

SARAH ROGERS
Here's a photo of the Rankin Inlet home taken June 26, after the hamlet opened a culvert to drain water that had accumulated around the unit. The NHC will raise the home and fill in the surrounded land with gravel this year, (PHOTO COURTESY OF NHC)
Here's a photo of the Rankin Inlet home taken June 26, after the hamlet opened a culvert to drain water that had accumulated around the unit. The NHC will raise the home and fill in the surrounded land with gravel this year, (PHOTO COURTESY OF NHC)
Here's the same Rankin Inlet home pictured June 21, before the hamlet opened a nearby culvert. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY-ROSE ANGOSHADLUK)
Here's the same Rankin Inlet home pictured June 21, before the hamlet opened a nearby culvert. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY-ROSE ANGOSHADLUK)

The Nunavut Housing Corp. says a Rankin Inlet home that faces regular flooding each spring is scheduled for renovations this year.

Mary-Rose Angoshadluk sent a photo of the social housing unit her elderly mother lives in to Nunatsiaq News last week.

The bungalow is pictured surrounded by water, which Angoshadluk said has damaged the home’s flooring over the years.

Now the NHC said its local housing organization in Rankin Inlet plans to raise the home and do repairs to its interiors sometime this year.

Flooding isn’t uncommon each spring in Nunavut’s communities.

But this home sits on a street corner in Rankin Inlet that dips away from the roadway, in a basin that collects snow through the winter and melt-water each spring.

Every spring, the melt-water settles around the house like a pond, rising as high as the home’s flooring.

That’s created mould in recent years, and the moisture has rotted any insulation under the house.

It also poses a threat to the home’s 16 inhabitants, whose numbers include an 80-year-old woman and seven children under the age of 12.

The hamlet opened a culvert last week to allow the water to drain, but the Rankin Inlet family said it’s been requesting a more permanent solution for several years.

The NHC and the local housing organization now plan to raise the home and repair any damage to its floors.

“The unit is scheduled for renovation this year to fix water damaged floors, raise the unit by 30 inches, and place gravel around the home to help prevent future flooding,” the NHC said in a June 26 email to Nunatsiaq News.

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